When I was pregnant with my first child, I remember watching a father friend of mine trying to hold back the car seat straps and get his newborn into the car seat at the same time. It was quite humorous to watch. As soon as he let go of the straps to set his baby in the seat, they fell back down behind his baby’s bum. After each failed attempt, he lifted his baby back out and tried again. Finally, he gave up and asked his wife to help hold the car seat straps out of his way. Yes, it might have been a little melodramatic, but in his defense, digging car seat straps out from under baby’s bum is not a great alternative, especially if your baby is sleeping.
To solve this problem, you can go to Amazon and purchase a Car Set Sidekick for $18.50 or magnetic Lula clips for $14.99, but who wants to buy another baby product? I don’t, especially when there is a quick and easy alternative. I came up with three different options for solving this problem using common items that parents are likely to already have in their house.
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1. WRIST RATTLES
My mom gave me a set of wrist rattles for Christmas. I tied the wrist rattles around the buckle tongues and pulled the wrist band through the baseless buckle guide. The stuffed rattle toy keeps the straps from falling back down into the seat.
2. TOY LINKS
I happen to have a bunch of hand-me-down Boomering toy links at my house. I connected two pieces together. I linked one end to the buckle tongue, which fit perfectly, and used the other end to clip outside the baseless buckle guide.
I cut a 9 inch piece of ribbon and slipped it through the buckle tongues. From this point, I realized I had several options.
After sliding the ribbon through the buckle tongue, use the two ends to tie a knot and loop it around the baseless buckle guide. Add a pin or stitch somewhere in the middle of the ribbon to keep it snug around the buckle guide.
After slipping the ribbon through the buckle tongue, slide it through a metal hook and tie the two ends together. Clip the hook on the outside of the baseless buckle guide to secure.
This options requires a sewing machine, Velcro, and little more time.
- Measure and cut two 9 inch and two 3 inch pieces of ribbon.
- Take the rough side and cut a 3/4 inch piece of Velcro. Sew the Velcro piece to the 3 inch ribbon.
- Fold the two ends of the ribbon together (inside out), pin, and sew. Cut off any excess fabric. Turn right-side out and slide onto car seat belt guides. Repeat.
- Fold the 9 inch piece of ribbon in half and use fabric glue to secure in place.
- Cut 3 more 3/4 inch pieces of Velcro (2 soft, 1 rough). Sew the two soft pieces of Velcro on each of the ends and the rough piece in the middle.
- Loop the ribbon through the buckle tongue and Velcro in place. Pull the tail of the ribbon and secure it to the Velcro on the baseless belt guide.